Review by - Lindsay Planer , Music Tap.com July 25, 2005
As we do from time to time, this week we're spinning feasts for both the eyes and ears. Among the recent arrivals in the music DVD section of your favorite multi-media haunt are titles from definitive documentaries on The Mamas & Papas and John Denver, a vintage concert from Cat Stevens as well as a rare look and listen at Detroit's one and only MC5.
John Denver -- A Song's Best Friend: John Denver Remembered (Sony/BMG)
Until now, there hasn't been a decent biopic for fans of folkie singer/songwriter John Denver. This roughly hour-long feature is an excellent retrospective and the perfect entrée for neophyte enthusiasts interested not only in Denver's prolific career, but his equally impressive efforts on behalf of environmental and wildlife conservation. The majority of reminiscences are from those who knew Denver the best, including his first wife -- who was the namesake of the ballad "Annie's Song" -- as well as his manager Hal Thau and record producer Milt Okun. Perhaps the most heartfelt tribute comes from Jean Michel Cousteau, the son of international explorer Jacques Cousteau, who was the recipient of Denver's song "Calypso."
Without question, the heart and soul of A Song's Best Friend is the music itself. In addition to clips taken from live shows, the program highlights a host of Denver's television appearances from the 1970s and '80s. While excerpts are scattered throughout, unedited performances of "Leaving On A Jet Plane" (Red Rocks Amphitheatre 1973), "Rocky Mountain High" (John Denver Show TV special 1974) and "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" (Red Rocks Amphitheatre 1982) are just a few of the extras.
Buy it at: http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/movie/pid/6863824/a/A+Songs+Best+Friend.htm